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Jan 28, 2013 8:00am PST
. woman: be careful, nekay. hendrick: throughout the early years, a child's physical skills are developing at an astonishing rate. preschoolers need lots of opportunities to practice their new skills, and this means providing a variety of interesting equipment and activities to challenge them. but how do we know which equipment is appropriate and which activities are most effective with our children? equipment for physical activity should be sturdy and well-maintained. in addition to well-anchored climbing equipment, there should be an array of what we call "loose parts." these are things that children can move around and arrange to suit their play. ladders, barrels, boards with cleats on the end, and sawhorses are ideal... even big empty boxes. child: ready or not! whoa! woman: whoa! hendrick: the important thing to remember is that there's more to play than providing equipment and toys. children also need enough time and space for vigorous, energetic, noisy physical play. [children shouting] our goal is to provide experiences for children that enhance the development of a wide range of l
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